22nd ACEI Conference

The Center for Cultural Affairs hosted the 22nd Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) conference in Bloomington, Indiana from 27-30 June 2023. The theme of the conference was Cultural Economics, Coming Together: Bridging Distances, Crossing Boundaries

Please check out the ACEI 2023 conference website for more details.



Biennial Research Conference

The Biennial Research Conference gathers researchers from around the globe doing work in cultural affairs. The conference focuses on a different theme, or themes each session. Interested researchers submit abstracts for papers to be presented at the research conference. Select papers are reviewed and invited for presentation at Indiana University in Bloomington.


Democratizing  Arts and Cultural Organizations

Date: June 27, 2023
Location: O'Neill School, 1315 E 10th Street, A335

This conference explored cases where and the extent to which arts and cultural organizations incorporate structures and practices intended to sustain or to create a workplace that is less hierarchical and unequal, and more participatory and consensus-based.

Scientific Committee:

Carole Rosenstein, George Mason University (Chair)

Antonio Cuyler, University of Michigan

Andrew Zitcer, Drexel University

All participation in the conference was in-person. There was no virtual or remote participation option.

The 2023 CCA Biennial Research Conference took place parallel to the opening day of the ACEI International Conference on Cultural Economics, also being held in Bloomington. See for more information.

Both conferences were coordinated by the Center for Cultural Affairs, but otherwise they were completely autonomous from one another.

There was no registration fee for the CCA Biennial. 


Final Program


9:00-9:30Registration & Coffee

Registration is located in the O'Neill First Floor Commons, 10th Street Entrance. Coffee is located in the O'Neill Second Floor Atrium.

Carole Rosenstein, George Mason University;

Antonio Cuyler, University of Michigan;

Andrew Zitcer, Drexel University

Welcome and Introductions


Brea Heidelberg, Drexel University

Equity-focused Compensation & Radical Human Resources: Steps on the Path Toward Democratizing Arts and Cultural Organizations


Kathleen Hill, Dennie Palmer Wolf & Steven J. Holochwost, Wolf/Brown

Building Equitable Pathways towards the Democratization of the Arts and Culture Sector: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Effects of the Bloomberg Arts Internship on Rising High School Seniors


Shanita Bigelow & Jennifer Novak-Leonard, University of Illinois

Building and valuing navigational capital: alumni perspectives on fueling work and workplace change


Su Fern Hoe, Singapore Management University

The Quest to Build Solidarity Amidst Precarity: Lessons from the Hyperactive Arts Sector in Singapore


Jen Benoit-Bryan, Slover Linett and SMU DataArts

Museums Moving Forward


Yuha Jung, University of Kentucky

Differentiating 501(c)(3) Public Benefiting Art Museums from 501(c)(7) Social Clubs


Christina Park & Mako Fitts Ward, Arizona State University

Analyzing the Landscape: BIPOC Arts and Culture Organizations in the Southwest


Raissa Simpson, Stanford University

Mismatching, Troublemaking, Sanctuaries: Studying Placemaking Alterity in/and Culturally Affirming Spaces


Megan Young, Indiana University – Bloomington

Artist-Driven Models at Warhol Regranting Sites


Amy Whitaker, New York University

Designing Democracy


Carole Rosenstein, George Mason University;

Antonio Cuyler, University of Michigan;

Andrew Zitcer, Drexel University

Closing reflections

Cultural Policy Beyond the Here and Now: What do we owe to Future Generations?

June 7, 2021

This virtual event gathered researchers from around the globe doing work in cultural affairs. This year’s conference titled Cultural Policy Beyond the Here and Now: What do we owe to Future Generations? addressed cultural policy, specifically on the theme of policies that promote the preservation of culture and the arts for future generations. While the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has established protocols for the preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage, how choices are made in terms of what most calls for preservation, the means by which this is achieved, and the decision-making processes, all warrant further study, in addition to how these principles are, explicitly or implicitly, adopted in national cultural policy.

Program and Policy Evaluation in Cultural Affairs

Decision-makers in the private and public sectors pursue desired outcomes for the creative industries, and the cultural sector in general, through various programs and policies. This puts great importance on empirical analyses of the success, or lack of success, in achieving those desired outcomes. Rigorous evaluation of programs and policies is essential in learning what interventions are more effective than others in achieving goals, the relative cost of programs relative to their outcomes, what are the unintended consequences of programs and policies, and ultimately in improving the efficacy of cultural policy.

This call for papers sought original applications of program and policy evaluation in the creative industries and arts policy.

Authors of selected proposals were invited to share their research at the May 2019 symposium that was held at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. This research was published in a special edition of Cultural Trends.